CLEVELAND — Sequoyah golf closed out the 2020 season competing at the District 5 Large Class Championship on Monday at Cleveland Country Club.
Zoey Deakin secured a spot in the 2020 Region 3 Large Class Championship with her sixth place finish overall.
Deakin, working as the lone Sequoyah golfer in the girl’s field, shot a 111, marking her as the top score outside of golfers with the top three scores.
Deakin started her day hitting two over on the opening hole. A six on the third hole helped set Deakin outside of the other golfers in her top three.
She then put together strong performances in the back half of the course. Deakin made par on hole 10 and hole 17. The closing holes were enough to lift Deakin inside the top 10.
On the boys side, Nicholas Smith placed highest amongst Sequoyah golfers, hitting at 93. Smith, who was the last Chief golfer to tee off, finished strong to close out his performance, earning a top 20 spot.
Smith started off in a tough place, shooting 9 on the opening hole and playing into the rough on the fourth hole, but turned things around. A par score on the seventh hole set him up for finishing with a 49 on the front nine. Hitting par on the 10th, 11th and 15th holes set Smith up for a 44-stroke finish on the back half of the course.
Sequoyah finished with a team score of 103, placing them seventh in the Championship, 11 strokes behind McMinn County and missing out on a spot in the region championship.
Issac Dye, Josh Britton and Cole Strickland finished in the top 30.
Dye knocked in two birdies on the par 4s of hole 10 and hole 14. Dye finished second in his group with East Hamilton’s Joe Quinlan and Eli Tate of Bradley Central.
Britton finished in a three-way tie for 26th place with a score of 100. Britton’s best work came with a par on hole six, tallying a 52 on the front nine. He then made par on back-to-back holes with hole 14 and 15.
Strickland worked himself into a jam with two sevens on holes seven and eight, but recovered by working out a par putt on hole nine. Strickland reached the green off his drive. He found another par finish on hole 17, lifting him into a tie with Cleveland’s Bennett Smith for 29th with a 101.
Hank Moore rounded out the Sequoyah finishes with a 113, placing him tied with Carson Milen of Walker Valley for 33 and in front of McMinn County’s Marshall Overboe.
Moore started the day finishing one over on the first hole. He kept his scores in range, shooting one over on holes four through seven. On the back half, Moore putted in for a six on the tricky par-5 hole 14.